Orville Hicks grew up the youngest of eleven children in a farm family in western Watauga County, North Carolina. He remembers his boyhood as hard but happy times and works these memories into his storytelling. Growing up featured storytelling as an important entertainment, work incentive, and expression of family and community unity. Orville's creative carrying on of tales and his reworking them in changing contexts represent a singular development of Mountain folk narrative tradition. This recording assembles a storytelling session by Orville and a selection of other stories that illustrate the repertory, style, and bright engagement of one of the best of the new traditional tellers in the Southern mountain--the newest bearer of the famed Hicks-Harmon Beech Mountain Jack Tale tradition.
Recording Contents: A. A Tale-Telling Session: Orville's introduction 0:37/Momma's storytelling 0:55/"Mule Eggs" 4:23/"Hardest Whipping" 2:01/ "Jack and the Varmints" 15:15/ "Declaration of Independence" 0:54/"Red Devil Suit" 1:26/"Dividing the Congregation" 1:14/Daddy's strictness and religion 0:45/"Little Boy and His Pet Duck" 3:51/"Two Uncles and Their Horses" 1:33/ Momma's tales and singing 1:01/Orville's tales and his tape 0:29. B. Selected Tales, Jokes, and Anecdotes: Growing up in the mountains 4:58/"Jack and the Heifer Hide" 20:35/Lie-Hew Yonce and storytelling 3:22/Orville and hunting 0:34/"Uglied Them to Death" 1:18/"Bear Hunt" 1:29/Storytelling and the future 1:56.
Orville Hicks 2625 Old NC Highway 60 Boone, NC 28607 828-262-1551
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